RELIGION
10/29/2014 10:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

This 4-Month-Old Baby Penguin Got Blessed By A Catholic Priest For His First Swim

What a blessed little penguin!

Kaya the Humboldt penguin is just four months old -- so young its gender is still unknown. But Wednesday marked the big day that Kaya, whose name means competence or ability in Tagalog, separated from its parents and took its first swim at the Manila Ocean Park in the Philippines.

blessing penguin

blessing penguin

For the special occasion, Roman Catholic priest Jacob Gomes was on the premises to bless the little penguin. The priest also took the opportunity to highlight the importance of ecological conservation and the need to protect all species of marine life, which are "a creation of God," the AP reported.

Kaya was born July 8 and is no doubt destined for great things!

blessing penguin

HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

PHOTO GALLERY
Baby Penguin Gets Blessed
CONVERSATIONS